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Fort Mercer
T2-SE-A1
Built October 1945 by Sun Shipbuilding Company, Chester, Pennsylvania,
as "Fort Mercer" # 2709, for U.M.S.C.
1946 Same name, Trinidad Corp., Wilmington, Del. (New York)..
1952 Broke in two in a gale, 18 Feb 1952, 30 miles east of Chatham, Mass, voy. New Orleans - Portland, Maine,
oil, bow capsized and sunk by U. C. Coast Guard 19th as a hazard to navigation, stern taken in tow
to Newport, R.I.
1953 "San Jacinto", same owner, rebuilt and lengthened with new bow section built by Todd
Shipyards Corp., Galveston, Texas, 11,257 grt, 545.0', deliverd. 08/1953
1964 Damaged by explosion and broke in two, 26 March 1964, off the coast of Virginia in 37.48N-74.27W,
voy. Portland, Maine - Jacksonville, in ballast, both sections towed to Norfolk.
1965 "Pasadena", same owner, rebuilt and lengthened with remaining cargo section replaced with new
forebody by Newport News SB. & DD. Co., Newport News, resulting vessel 14,844 grt,
595.i x 74.2'  dlvd. 9/65. (296' section from bow joined 04/1967 to stern section of "Mission San Carlos",
renamed "Seatrain Maryland").
1983 Broken up at Chittagong 1983 by Steel Enterprise, Ltd., arrived 14.80.1983,
work began 25.08.1983 at Bhatiyari Beach.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "FORT MERCER"
IDNo:
2248894
Year:
1945
Name:
FORT MERCER
Launch Date:
02.10.1945
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
10.1945
Flag:
USA
Keel:

Tons:
10267
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
534
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Sun
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Chester, Pa
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
1953 SAN JACINTO - [ 1953 Lg 11257 grt ] -
[ 1965 Lg & widened 14844 grt ] -
1965 PASADENA

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Chittagong 14.08.1983

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
248894
2248894
1945
FORT MERCER
10267
U.S. Govt
248894
2248894
1945
SAN JACINTO
11257
1953
Trinidad Corp.
248894
2248894
1945
PASADENA
14844
1965
Trinidad Corp.

 
"Fort Mercer", inbound, passing in the Houston ship channel (Texas), 1950/51.
( Photo by Adolf Tolska, thanks to Tom Tolska )
 
( NY11-Feb.18, 1952 ) STORM-STRICKEN SHIP
The Fort Mercer (above), 10,000-ton tanker was found by a Coast Guard plane this afternoon about 30 miles east of Chatham,
Mass., almost awash. The plane reported the ship's lifeboats gone and that the craft possibly had been abanded.
Earlier the Fort Mercer had sent an SOS while wallowing in heavy seas accompanyng a storm which lasted New England.
( AP WirePhoto )
Aided by AMVER, 70 men were rescued by the Coast Guard cutter "Eastwind" from the stern section of the tanker
"Fort Mercer", which broke in two off Cape Cod, Massachuchetts, in  February, 1952.
Crewmen of the U.S. Coast Guard YAKUTAT draw in a rubber liferaft with the last two survivors from the bow section of the
broken tanker SS FORT MERCER.
Twenty minutes later the broken hulk heaved into the air and turned keel upward to sink into the sea. Four of nine men stranded
on the bow section were rescued by the YAKUTAT. The others disappeared in the sea - four while jumping during a rescue attempt
under the canopy of evening darkness (February 18, 1952) when a line holding three liferafts parted, and one while transferring
from the after end of the hulk to the forward section during the night when rescue attempts were abandoned until daylight."
( Official USCG Photo, 2-18-52; Photographer unknown. )
 
The cutter Eastwind cruises around the still floating stern section of the SS Fort Mercer.
( Official USCG Photo, 2-18-52; Photographer unknown. )
 
Close up photo off the still floating stern section of the SS Fort Mercer.
( Official USCG Photo, 2-18-52; Photographer unknown. )
Another view of the rescue of crewmen from the Fort Mercer's stern section.
( Official USCG Photo, 2-18-52; Photographer unknown. )
 
The stern of the tanker "San Jacinto" after the ship broke in two in March 1964, for the second time.
Built as the "Fort Mercer" she had suffered a simular casualty in February 1952, when she
broke in two in a gale off Cape Cod.
 
"San Jancinto", ex. "Fort Mercer".
 
"Pasadena", ex. "San Jancinto", ex. "Fort Mercer", seen here in front of the "Fort Worth".
 
"Pasadena", ex. "San Jancinto", ex. "Fort Mercer".
( Photo copyright M. Lennon )